Bijoy Gopal Nandi Memorial Trust to conduct tennis, football

first_imgclinicsMumbai, Aug 12 (PTI) The Bijoy Gopal Nandi Memorial Trust will be conducting clinics next month to promote tennis and football in three cities – Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.Reputed coaches will be roped in to train and guide youngsters in the twin popular sports.Reputed international coaches will be present at these clinics to provide guidance and training to youngsters. They include Gustavo Ordonez – former ATP player from Spain; Jordi Munoz Abreo – Venezuelan Davis Cupper; Tati Bua – Federation Cup player from Argentina and WTA player; Noel Urena Molina – European League champion and fitness coach and Sebastian Hererra – former FC Barcelona and Espanyol player, a media release issued here said.”This would be a great opportunity to train with international circuit players and former ATP players who can guide them (the participants),” said Archana Burman, General Secretary of the Bijoy Gopal Nandi Memorial Trust.The clinic in Mumbai will be held at the Practennis centre in Andheri from September 11 to 16. The clinics in Kolkata and Delhi will be held from September 4 to 9 and September 18 to 22, respectively.Burman told PTI the trust will be looking at holding clinics at cities beyond the three metropolises and confirmed that the coaches will remain the same for one year. PTI NRB RSYlast_img read more

Golmaal Again Movie Review: Fear and humour in this Ajay Devgn film have mixed results

first_imgGolmaal Again is one of the two big releases this Diwali, the other one being Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar. Will Golmaal Again match up to its predecessors? Here is our Golmaal Again movie review.Golmaal Again Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Parineeti Chopra, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Kemmu, Arshad Warsi, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Tusshar KapoorGolmaal Again Director: Rohit ShettyGolmaal Again Rating: (2/5)In the fourth installment of the Golmaal franchise, director Rohit Shetty takes pains to have a story even though the goal is the same:  laugh at all costs. So we have Tabu narrating a “story worth listening to”. But is the story really that important in Golmaal?Golmaal Again!!! involves digging up the past of the familiar infamous five – Gopal (Ajay Devgn), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and the two Laxmans (Kunal Khemu and Shreyas Talpade) – and getting them to revisit their roots now as manchild adults. The quintet heads to their orphanage in Ooty to attend the prayer meet of its deceased owner. Here they encounter the librarian-ghost seer (Tabu) and the Kareena Kapoor Khan substitute in Parineeti Chopra, whose job here is less to tickle the funnybone and more to smile as the house’s caretaker. It takes no less than three seconds to deduce the twist but then again suspense and intrigue are not Shetty’s forte. What he’s known for are flying stuntmen, high-flying cars, slapstick humour and lowbrow wordplay. He has cut down on the cars in the fourth Golmaal but uses the others excessively to present a loud horror comedy, one that of course refers to Ram Gopal Varma, Vikram Bhatt and Bipasha Basu.advertisementContinuing with the men-who-are-upto-no-good narrative, this time around the ensemble for all its machismo is easily spooked by the presence of a ghost in what’s an eyesore of a haunted mansion. The biggest phattu of the five is the temperamental Gopal who needs his lisping buddy, Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), to calm him down with a lullaby. The first half is all about Madhav, Laxman and Lucky constantly arguing and fighting with Gopal and Laxman resulting in slapstick gags with a few bizarre ones involving Nana Patekar’s voice. It’s one of the few consistently rewarding tropes used ending with the Patekar in a brief cameo.The second is far removed from the first as Shetty throws in greed, murder, revenge and melodrama in what’s essentially meant to be a laugh riot. It’s here that Chopra gets to explain her presence but for a key character with the most elaborate back story of the lot she is also the dullest part of the comedy. Tabu fares only marginally better walking about Ramoji Studio sporting a tattoo – “Your story isn’t over yet” whatever that means – and generally looking peeved. That’s because Golmaal is ultimately just men want to have some harebrained fun with other silly characters namely Vasuli Bhai (Mukesh Tiwari), Pappi Bhai (Johnny Lever), Babli (Sanjai Mishra), Pappu (Vrajesh Hirjee), Inspector Dande (Murali Sharma) all recurring to play a part in the nonsensical proceedings. Not all their efforts generate laughs. Instead the film is funniest when it isn’t afraid to take a dig at its ageing hero who is romantically interested in a woman decades younger than him until he gets a reality check. The commentary on how blind faith breeds fear is lost in the antics. Golmaal dutifully abides by its “No logic, just magic” tagline but the laughs here are not copious and the jokes fleeting.(the author tweets as @suhani84)ALSO WATCH: News Wiz 2017: Diwali Special with team of Golmaal 4last_img read more

Social media lessons for ICSE students

first_imgKolkata, Nov 19 (PTI) More than 250 students from 62 ICSE-affiliated schools of Kolkata and its neighbouring districts learned about social media and its impact on our everyday life at a day-long workshop here.The seminar, conducted by counsellors and cyber experts, deliberated on the positives and negatives of social media networks like Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram and online video games, including Blue Whale challenge, Secretary of the Association of ICSE Schools in West Bengal Nabarun De told PTI.”Every school was represented by three students – from 9th, 10th and 11th standards – and a teacher at yesterdays workshop and the response was very encouraging,” he said.De said the concerned students will now interact with their classmates and juniors at their respective institutions and help spreading the message, De said.Such interactions became necessary as smart phones are now an inevitable part of our lives and schoolchildren are not exception, Navneet Sharma, one of the attending teachers, said.The workshop also sensitised students about the deleterious effects of smart phone addiction on their education and extracurricular activities, De said.”We have always encouraged students to involve themselves in sporting activities and asked all member schools to encourage their peers to participate in on-field games, necessary for all-round development of young ones,” he said. PTI SUS RBT RMSlast_img read more

Tahltan Nation protest along sacred headwaters in northern British Columbia

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been just over six weeks since the Tahltan Nation set up a protest camp along sacred headwaters in northern B.C.They are trying to prevent Fortune Minerals from building an open pit coal mine in the area.last_img

Sooka claims white vans still operating in Lanka

New evidence has emerged of on-going torture and sexual violence by the Sri Lankan security forces one year after a new government came to power promising a radical clean up.“Sadly Sri Lanka’s notorious ‘white vans’ are still operating; it’s very much business as usual,” the Executive Director of the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) Yasmin Sooka said adding that “this demonstrates there can be no accountability without urgent security sector reform that leads to the dismantling of the state’s machinery of repression”. The report by ITJP provides graphic details of the torture and rape of both men and women by members of the Sri Lankan security forces under the period in office of the new government. This abuse occurred in both secret and identified sites, including Joseph Camp in Vavuniya, which ITJP named in previous reports as a torture site. The most recent “white van” abduction involving torture and sexual violence known to ITJP occurred as recently as December 2015.According to ITJP, several Tamil politicians, ICRC, and diplomats in Sri Lanka are aware of the on-going violations. The report sets out steps that the Government of Sri Lanka could immediately take to investigate these cases if it is serious about stopping torture and sexual violence. It also warns Tamils formerly connected to the LTTE who are now abroad about the risks of returning to the country. ITJP says twenty Tamil survivors in four countries around the world gave detailed testimony about brutal and repeated torture and sexual assault while in the custody of the Sri Lankan military and police units during 2015. Details of these witnesses have been withheld for their protection and that of family members still in Sri Lanka, all of whom have faced repeated reprisals throughout 2015. Sooka was a former member of the panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon to investigate human rights abuses soon after the war in Sri Lanka. The ITJP report notes the importance of security sector reform, law reform and the establishment of an effective witness protection programme if the Sri Lankan government is serious about accountability processes in accordance with the 2015 Geneva resolution.“It is hard to see how a war survivor could safely testify to a Truth Commission in this atmosphere of on-going repression and intolerance,” commented Yasmin Sooka, “one year on it’s time for the Government of Sri Lanka to take urgent meaningful action”. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNP does not see Chinese hand in political crisis

He said that the unity Government had worked with China on several projects. He said the unity Government also had economic agreements with the Chinese.However he said that some politicians may have had personal relationships with some diplomats. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) says it does not see a Chinese hand in the political crisis in the country.UNP Parliamentarian Sarath Fonseka said that both the current and former Governments have had a close relationship with China.

Set of 40 mortal remains repatriated to Kosovo under UN auspices

The Office on Missing Persons and Forensics (OMPF) of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) arranged the transfer in cooperation with the UN Civilian Police Missing Persons Unit (MPU) and the Serbian authorities.All documentation – comprising lists, autopsy reports, death and identification certificates – will be checked before the mortal remains are handed over. The OMPF/MPU team will also confirm that the label codes of the bodies and clothing correspond to the lists provided by the Coordination Committee for Kosovo (CCK). After the verification procedure, the mortal remains will be transported to the mortuary for forensic inspections.UNMIK said family members would be the first to be informed as soon as their loved ones are identified. The provenance of the victims shall not be disclosed to the public at the request of the family associations. The first group of bodies exhumed from Serbia were repatriated to Kosovo in early May. read more

Stock market rally fades ahead of US holiday

A board above the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the Dow Jones industrial average above 19,000, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. U.S. stocks are rising Tuesday morning after most major indexes closed at record highs the day before. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) BEIJING, China – The rally in global stock markets, which saw the Dow close above 19,000 for the first time, petered out on Wednesday as investors prepared for a holiday in the U.S.KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.3 per cent to 6,636 while Germany’s DAX shed 0.6 per cent to 10,655. France’s CAC 40 dropped 0.4 per cent to 4,529. On Wall Street, the futures for the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index were both unchanged, a day after the Dow closed above the 19,000 mark for the first time. The U. S. markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving holiday.WALL STREET: U.S. markets have been the focus since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, which many investors bet will be positive for companies. They expect less regulation of financial services and possibly tax cuts as well as spending on infrastructure. He has affirmed plans to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership but avoided mentioning his campaign pledge to build a wall along the Mexican border. “As Trump has rowed back and not mentioned some of his more extreme policy sound bites, some worries about the nature of his presidency may have begun to abate,” Alex Furber of CMC Markets said in a report. That has helped U.S. indexes hit record highs, with the Dow surpassing 19,000 for the first time and closing at a record high six times in the two weeks.ANALYST’S TAKE: “The bulls have got control here,” Chris Weston of IG said in a report. “U.S. equity and many other developed markets are going higher, at least in the short-term.” Weston noted investors assume the U.S. Federal Reserve will go ahead with an interest rate hike in December. “Emerging markets have found support and are even attracting buyers,” said Weston. “If the Fed were to assess financial conditions in the wake of a potential rate hike they would be wholly enthused.”ASIA’S DAY: Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 rose 1.3 per cent to 5,484.40 and Seoul’s Kospi advanced 0.2 per cent to 1,987.95. India’s Sensex gained 0.5 per cent to 26,081.22 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng ended unchanged at 22,676.69. The Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.2 per cent to 3,241.14. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. Benchmarks in New Zealand and Taiwan gained while Indonesia retreated.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude fell 16 cents to $47.87 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract lost 21 cents on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, shed 12 cents to $49.00 in London. The contract added 22 cents the previous session.CURRENCY: The dollar was roughly steady at 111.21 yen while the euro fell to $1.0615 from Tuesday’s $1.0630. Stock market rally fades ahead of US holiday by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Nov 22, 2016 10:23 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 23, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN health agency and partner call for funds to address tuberculosis threat

In a joint news release, the Director-General of the World Health Organizations (WHO), Margaret Chan, and the Executive Director of the Global Fund, Mark Dybul, said significant funds need to be mobilized to prevent the spread of multi-drug resistant TB, also known as MDR-TB.“We are treading water at a time when we desperately need to scale up our response to MDR-TB,” said Dr. Chan. “We have gained a lot of ground in TB control through international collaboration, but it can easily be lost if we do not act now.”In 2011, 1.4 million people died due to TB, with the greatest per capita death rate in Africa. MDR-TB presents a major threat, with an estimated 630,000 people ill worldwide with this form of TB today.WHO and the Global Fund said the $1.6 billion is needed to fill the funding gap in 118 low- and middle-income countries, the majority of which are located in Africa. These funds could enable full treatment for 17 million TB and MDR-TB patients, and save some 6 million lives in the next three years.“It is critical that we raise the funding that is urgently needed to control this disease,” said Dr. Dybul. “If we don’t act now, our costs could skyrocket. It is invest now or pay forever.”The call for an increase in funds for TB comes ahead of World TB Day on 24 March, which commemorates the day when Robert Koch discovered the mycobacterium that causes tuberculosis in 1882. The Day seeks to raise awareness about the global epidemic and efforts to eliminate the disease.In addition to the $1.6 billion annual gap in international financing, WHO and partners estimate that there is a $1.3 billion annual gap for TB research and development for the 2014-2016 period, including clinical trials for new TB drugs, diagnostics and vaccines. read more

Brock set to attract record numbers

Brock University officials expect to welcome a record number of students this fall, with total enrolment likely to top 18,000 for the first time in the school’s history.Final numbers for the new fall term will not be known until all registrations are completed in mid-September. But the enrolment will include nearly 4,000 full-time first-year students, a near record.The overall enrolment figure includes full-time and part-time, graduates and undergraduates, and teacher education students.Beyond the total numbers, there have also been other encouraging signs in this incoming class.For instance, an increasing percentage of confirmed first-year admits listed Brock as their first-choice preferred university. The average entering grade for first-year students also rose again this year.While enrolments are strong in all Faculties, Brock continues to be a draw particularly in its unique co-op, concurrent education and applied health sciences programs. read more

11 great tips for kissing girls according to the internet

first_imgWikihowIf she says “Aaarrrrrrrgh”, that’s a great sign too.9. Dive in!But how? WikihowThat sort of talk is for after you kiss. Amirite ladies?4. Creep in the shadowsIt’s probably possible to come off as charming in broad daylight, UNLESS YOU HAVE A FACE LIKE A THOUSAND YEAR OLD PIG SCROTUM, LIKE YOURS.Until your eyes adjust, simply blunder into any nearby obstacles. girlschase.comAs you can see, the time to smooch is when you’ve had great conversations. And the best way to tell whether a conversation has been great is to ask yourself, ‘Is there something in the air?’If the answer is yes, and if that something is either ‘romance’, ‘Linden Village Strong Cider’, or ‘the music of Phil Collins’, the time is now.2. Then, take her to a special placeWhere to get your smooch on? Well, first you have to set the mood. girlschase.comCoincidentally, all of these are also great for murders. Particularly the pier! Maybe even make a joke about this on your way! Or not! It’s up to you!3. No toilet talkYou may think that this is a great time to describe your last Number Two in detail. HOLD BACK! Wikihow“Rely on streetlights and porch lights” = do not shine your police-issue torch in her face as this may appear intimidating.5. Use your dirty keks SquidooThere you go. You are now a professional kisser!Thanks, internet!HolyTaco.comMore: 13 great ways to seduce a woman, according to the internet> girlschase.comChicks dig dirty underwear, dude. This guy’s mentor said so.6. What’s the next step? girlschase.comWe’ve translated that visually for you:gifbin.comYou’re welcome.10. OK, we’re smooching like two horny guppies. What to do?IMPORTANT: Allow her to continue breathing. Yahoo! VoicesToenail biting is right out, dude. Sorry.8. At this point she should be making kind of a pirate expressionAs this diagram shows: GIRLS, EH? THERE they are being all lovely and smelling nice.All we want to do is smooch them. But how – HOW? – can we find out how to go about it?Luckily the internet has some great tips. We’ve rounded up the best of them to compile this essential Guide To Kissing A Girl. Here’s how to go about it:1. Put ‘something in the air’ WikihowNothing says ‘romantic’ like the back end of a school heating unit, or the peeling rear of a temporary classroom. In the summer or in autumn, obviously – spring and winter are right out.Any other options? Yahoo! VoicesAnd finally: Lovepanky.com7. Any big no-nos at this stage?Yes:last_img read more

Furore as Sydney press goads Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thursday 15 September marked a black day in Australian journalism. In a remarkable rant by the Sydney Morning Herald, the Fairfax newspaper took aim at Greece and Greeks with a volley of insults and invective. Within hours of the article’s publication, reaction from Greece and the Greek Australian community has been swift and strong. In a story that plumbed the depths of Australian journalistic standards, the SMH took the extraordinary step of promoting itself as an advisor to eurozone leaders with the headline ‘Throw out cheating Greece before the rot cripples rest of the world’. The 900 word opinion piece, written by SMH columnist Paul Sheehan, went on to vilify Greece and Greek people drawing spurious connections between the economic crisis in Greece and the value of Australian superannuation funds. Counsellor for Press at the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney, Mr Nicholas Economidis in a letter to the newspaper, has expressed the Consulate’s discontent with the article’s tone and content, accusing the paper of making insulting statements. The Greek Ambassador to Australia, Alexios Christopoulos, expressed his dismay over the article. “It is a ridiculous article because of the way that it is expressed,” said the Ambassador. “It reminds me of the old times, like the extremes and incitements which created the Second World War.” In his startling diatribe, Sheehan’s first paragraph set the tone for the rest of article:”Greece may be far away… but it is dragging down the value of your superannuation because its problems are a drag on the global sharemarket. The root cause of the problem is simple. The national sport of Greece is cheating. Cheating across every tier of society.” The article went on to make sweeping generalisations concerning levels of corruption in Greece, including the suggestion that illegal betting in Greek soccer was a metaphor for a national malaise, that had single-handedly resulted in the Greek economic crisis, and which had then gone on to threaten world markets and subsequently, the value of Australian superannuation funds. The invective used by the SMH journalist to support his highly-questionable claims goes as close as any respected Australian newspaper in recent times has gone to making overtly abusive and ethnically racist statements. The Greek Consulate in New South Wales has written to the Sydney Morning Herald asking that the newspaper print the Consulate’s response to the article in full. Following publication on the SMH website, within hours more than 130 comments were posted online in response. Most took great exception to what they had read. Neos Kosmos leaves the last word to SMH readers: “I find [the] article quite disturbing not just in its poor form of an attempted piece of journalism but in its racial provocations. To generalise and label all Greeks as cheaters “across every tier of society” is absurd. Equally absurd is your attempts to justify your reasoning as to why the Greek economy is failing.” -AlphaAlex “The usual hate-journalism… A racist diatribe that shames this newspaper. Replace Greeks with Jews and see what would happen. Most offensive is the use of the execrable acronym ‘pigs’…” – Bazarov “So much vitriol towards the Greeks. What about the profligate Irish who thought that potato famines were a thing of the past and they were all rich by borrowing to invest in houses? Or the delusional and corrupt Yanks who created the mess to begin with? A simple test is this. If you write something about a people and claim it is a ‘characteristic’, try substituting in say ‘Jew’ instead of that ‘ethnicity’. If what you’ve written sounds unacceptable, then what you’ve written is offensive.” – Simeon “… linking dodgy football clubs and cheating athletes to a corrupt society and bankrupt economy is flawed logic. One would never claim that Australia is a corrupt society because the Melbourne Storm cooked the books. Nor would you imply that American people are corrupt because their credit rating agencies gave AAA ratings to derivative products that were backed by dodgy mortgages. Furthermore, Greek PM George Papandreou was the man who pointed out to the world that the books were cooked, not Goldman Sachs… In regards to Super, blame the poor performance on American bankers whose actions lead to the world’s biggest economy facing their biggest economic crisis since the great depression (as opposed to Greece, an economy the size of Victoria’s)…” – Paul “What a hateful and vitriolic article… just plain nasty. Try running your propositions through to their conclusion instead of just making grand hateful statements. The current crisis is a walk in the park compared to what would happen if Greece were kicked out of the EU.” – Anonymous“Yup, them no-good cheatn’ Greeks, what have they ever done for us? Hey Sheehan, Sheik of Lies, why don’t you focus on some of the massive tax-payer funded rorts here in Australia… No need to look overseas. But I reckon the Sheik of Lies is blind to the rorts of his mates in his own backyard. Easier to talk about those darn Greeks.” – Alexander der Grosselast_img read more

Kepa Arrizabalaga I want to become a Chelsea legend

first_imgNew Chelsea signing Kepa Arrizabalaga intends to establish himself as a legend by winning lots of titlesThe Spain international completed a world record transfer for a goalkeeper after joining from Athletic Bilbao in a €80m deal on Wednesday.While only 23 years old, Kepa has made a name for himself in Spain for his performances at the San Mames over the years and had been strongly linked with a switch to Real Madrid in January before opting to remain at Bilbao.Kepa consulted his fellow Spaniard’s Cesar Azpilicueta, Alvaro Morata and Pedro over joining Chelsea and revealed the positive comments he received about the club.“I had excellent references from them about the club, knowing them and being able to talk to them has been a great support for me over the last few days,” he told Chelsea’s official app, The 5th Stand, via Sports Mole.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“And then of course there are many great players here, like N’Golo Kante, [Eden] Hazard, [Olivier] Giroud. It’s a squad full of fantastic players. We have a very exciting season ahead of us, so let’s go for it.”While he has just arrived at West London, Kepa is already aiming big.“All clubs need to fight to win titles and what all players want is to win. So what I would like is to win more titles for the club,” he said.“This is what I aspire to do. I would like to be remembered at this club when I leave years down the line as a goalkeeper that has helped the club win a lot of titles and gone down in history in that way.”Kepa’s move to Chelsea on Wednesday paved the way for Thibaut Courtois to complete his long-awaited transfer to Real Madrid.last_img read more

Danilo injury concern for Man City

first_imgManchester City will observe Danilo’s fitness upon his return from international duty with BrazilThe 27-year-old full-back had only recovered from an ankle injury last month, but appeared to have sustained damage in the same area on Tuesday.Danilo started for Brazil in their South American showdown with rivals Argentina in a four-team friendly competition at Saudi Arabia.But Sky Sports reports that a tearful Danilo was forced to leave the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in the final 37 minutes of the game with a suspected ankle injury.The injury occurred while Danilo attempted to stop an Argentina attack and he was replaced with Liverpool’s Fabinho by Brazil coach Tite.It’s currently unclear whether Danilo will be available for City’s Premier League game against Burnley this Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.The Brazilian has featured only once this season for Pep Guardiola’s side in a 3-0 win over Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.Meanwhile, Brazil won the game against Argentina 1-0 through a late Miranda goal.Danilo leaves field in tears for Brazil to hand boss Guardiola injury blow— The Sun – Man City (@SunManCity) October 16, 2018last_img read more

Laporte expects a fierce battle from Chelsea

first_imgBookmakers will be getting it all wrong if they feel Manchester City’s game against Chelsea will be a walk in the park, says Aymeric Laporte.The Spanish defender who penned down a new contract with the Citizens has warned his side not to be complacent in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.Both sides have cancelled each other out in the league front but Guardiola’s men are overwhelming favourites having humbled the London side 6-0 less than a fortnight ago.Still a lot to live for, still a lot to enjoy. Thank you @mancity for keeping your trust in me. It is an honour to be part of this family.The best is yet to come! 💙 #AL14 #Laporte2025— Aymeric Laporte (@Laporte) February 22, 2019The result compounded Maurizio Sarri’s woes and plunged the future of the Italian manager into serious doubt as the run of disappointing results continued.However, Laporte is of the view that there would not be a repeat of the Etihad Stadium result in Wembley.WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.“I think that people are mistaken,” Laporte, revealed in a quote cited on Goal.“Their results recently haven’t been good but they have a great squad, great players and they have shown that they know how to play good football.“They have a great team and we have to concentrate on ourselves, do our things well and hopefully we will.“All the matches that we have got from now until the end of the season are finals. We will try to win them all and try to achieve our objectives.Chelsea can’t lose 6-0 to Man City twice… right?— Goal News (@GoalNews) February 22, 2019“We are expecting a very difficult match, very physical and we have to play at our best level if we are to win.”last_img read more

FDA approves new cannabis based drug to treat epilepsy

first_img June 28, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lauren Phinney, Posted: June 28, 2018 FDA approves new cannabis based drug to treat epilepsycenter_img Updated: 8:56 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The FDA has approved a cannabis based drug to treat epilepsy. Dr. Jerry Shih, Director of Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at UCSD, was in studio to tell KUSI’s Lauren Phinney all about the new drug and an event taking place this weekend designed to raise awareness.LOKK for Epilepsy (dedicated to LOKK Legal) is a San Diego based non-profit organization founded by the family and friends of Koorosh Khashayar and we are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for epilepsy research. Our critical mission is to find a cure for Epilepsy, not just control the seizures, to find a cure for this disorder and to prevail over the challenges that effect so many people each day from experiencing a full life. We will do this through educating and funding research to accelerate treatment.Koorosh Khashayar (owner of LOKK Legal, a San Diego based Law firm) passed away (on September 6, 2015) at the age of 32, from a seizure. He was a pillar of his community and a successful young attorney. Koorosh was an amazing man who worked hard to help the people in his community. He not only donated funds to great causes (Miracle Babies, Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer, Big Brother/Big Sister of San Diego and many more) , but he also volunteered his free time to feed the homeless at the Urban Angels in San Diego and walked the 60 miles to support the Susan G. Komen foundation’s 3-Day walk for breast cancer awareness numerous times.Koorosh was a man to be admired, who held a high regard for helping others, and he was taken from us too soon. Koorosh was diagnosed with Epilepsy after he had his first seizure when he was only 17 years old. This is when Koorosh and his family began to understand the frustrations of dealing with this disease. The lack of information, funding and research, the lack of actual knowledge about the medication prescribed by doctors, and ongoing testing of multiple medications was alarming. Koorosh was put on different medications and treated by multiple doctors in many cities across California, from Stanford to the University of San Francisco, to San Diego. None of these doctors or medications succeeded in curing his Epilepsy, they only went to attempt to control the seizures. The medications he took (and all epileptic patients take) only reduce the likelihood of a seizure but do not provide a cure. He and his family were very frustrated over the years being told by many doctors that he would be living with this forever, and continue to take various medications, each with their own side effects.Koorosh lived a great life, he did not let this effect how he lived, loved and cared for everyone he encountered. Most of the people that knew him did not know what he was dealing with on a day to day basis. He was very proud and did not want any sympathy, he wanted to be the one who helped others. He was full of life and his family and friends want to ensure the frustration and loss that they have experienced does not affect others. This is why this foundation has been formed, to get the word out, to get the needed funding to finally find a cure for Epilepsy. Browse the Lokk 4 Epilepsy web site to learn more about us and our goals to find a cure for epilepsy. Lauren Phinney last_img read more

Girl 6 swept away in Clackamas River

first_imgAt 4:12 p.m. Sunday, January 22, 2012 Clackamas County Communications (CCOM) received a 911 call from Ripplebrook Ranger Station, approximately 25 miles east of Estacada, Ore. The caller reported his 6-7 year old daughter had fallen into the Clackamas River near Austin Hot Springs and been swept away.At the time of the call the girl had been missing for about one hour according to the initial report.Clackamas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) is responding to the scene with assistance from multi-agency water rescue units and AMR Reach and Treat.A request is being made for air support from the National Guard.Search efforts are underway.Poor weather and high water conditions may hamper search efforts.There are no further updates at this time.last_img read more

Tribunal rules against Ministry of Justice in pensions discrimination case

first_imgThe London Central Employment Tribunal has ruled that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Lord Chancellor has discriminated against judges in relation to changes to  the judicial pension scheme.The case, which was brought by 210 judges, including six High Court judges, centres around the closure of the judicial pension scheme on 31 March 2015. Following the closure, serving judges were transferred to a new judicial pension scheme, however older judges who were full protection members or tapered protection members, were able to remain in the original scheme until their retirement or the end of their tapered protection period.The original judicial pension scheme provided an annual pension which accrued at the rate of 1/40th of a judge’s final pensionable pay, multiplied by the number of year’s service up to 20, as well as a lump sum payable on retirement at the rate of 2.25 times the annual rate of pensions. The normal pension age was set at 65 and a surviving spouse’s or civil partner’s pension was paid at half the rate of the member’s pension. The new scheme in comparison offers an annual pension that accrues at the rate of 1/43rd of pensionable pay on a career average basis with no upper limit on the length of service. No lump sum is provided and the surviving spouse’s or civil partner’s pension is paid at 3/8th of the rate of the member’s pension.The claimants argued that permitting older judges to remain in the pension scheme while requiring younger judges to enter the new, less favourable scheme, constituted age discrimination.A full protection member is an individual who was an active member of the judicial pension scheme both on 31 March 2012 and 31 March 2015 and who would reach a normal pension age under that scheme before 1 April 2022. A tapered protection member is an individual who was an active member of the judicial pension scheme on those same dates, who would reach normal pension age between 2 April 2022 and 1 September 2025. The tribunal found therefore that a judge’s status with regards to the pension scheme depended entirely on age.The respondents contended that the changes to the pension scheme fulfilled the legitimate aim of protecting those who were closest to retirement from the financial effects of pension reform, however the tribunal found no evidence to support this.The tribunal also upheld that the changes amounted to indirect race and sex discrimination by disproportionately impacting female and black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) judges.Shubha Banerjee, an employment lawyer at Leigh Day, which represented 204 of the judges, said: “This is a great victory for our clients, many of whom sit alongside older judges who were appointed some years after them but who are, in effect, paid more purely because they are older. The fact that there is a significant number of female and BME judges in the younger group simply compounds the unfairness of the changes that were made to judicial pensions.”Shah Qureshi, partner and head of the employment department at Bindmans, which represented the six High Court judges, added: “The Lord Chancellor has failed to justify these discriminatory reforms. These reforms not only discriminate against younger judges but also disproportionately impact on women and ethnic minorities. The protection of those closest to retirement at the expense of younger judges was not a legitimate aim nor was it proportionate. Indeed the tribunal noted that younger judges compelled to join the new scheme are the worst affected by the reforms. The judgment also makes clear that there were non-discriminatory alternatives open to the government.”A government spokesperson said: “We are disappointed by the court’s findings and will be considering whether to appeal the judgment.”last_img read more